repose

verb (1)
re·​pose | \ri-ˈpōz \
reposed; reposing

Definition of repose 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: to lay at rest

intransitive verb

1a : to lie at rest

b : to lie dead reposing in state

c : to remain still or concealed

2 : to take a rest

3 archaic : rely

4 : to rest for support : lie

repose

noun

Definition of repose (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a state of resting after exertion or strain especially : rest in sleep

b : eternal or heavenly rest pray for the repose of a soul

2a : a place of rest

b : peace, tranquility the repose of the bayous

c : a harmony in the arrangement of parts and colors that is restful to the eye

3a : lack of activity : quiescence

b : cessation or absence of activity, movement, or animation the face in repose is grave and thoughtful

4 : composure of manner : poise

repose

verb (2)
re·​pose
reposed; reposing

Definition of repose (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to put away or set down : deposit

2a : to place (confidence, trust, etc.) in someone or something

b : to place for control, management, or use

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Synonyms & Antonyms for repose

Synonyms: Noun

bed, catnapping, dozing, napping, rest, resting, shut-eye, sleep, slumber, slumbering, snoozing, z's (or zs)

Antonyms: Noun

consciousness, wake, wakefulness

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Examples of repose in a Sentence

Noun

typically the wealthy socialite spends most of the morning in repose, is served lunch, and then embarks on an exhaustive afternoon of shopping enjoyed the repose of a serene summer evening

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ticketmaster did not immediately reposed to a request for comment. Jacob Taylor /, NBC News, "Ticketmaster data theft part of larger credit card scheme, security firm says," 10 July 2018 Today the vast majority of Wallace’s birds repose at a branch of the Natural History Museum, London, located 30 miles northwest of the city, in Tring. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Great Feather Heist," 21 Mar. 2018 This sacred relic—an official game ball used by the late, lamented American Basketball Association—reposes behind glass at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The ABA Was Short-Lived, but Its Impact on Basketball Is Eternal," 21 Sep. 2017 And that is why 125 crore countrymen have been able to repose faith in our governance. Time Staff, Time, "Read the Full Transcript of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day Speech," 15 Aug. 2017 In a second photograph, the singer can be seen reposing nonchalantly in a bed, wearing the same jumpsuit and covered in part by white bedsheets. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Demi Lovato Jokes About Her Breasts in Body Confident Instagram Post," 23 June 2017 Today, when people repose by themselves in bed at night, a buzz of friends and strangers emanates from their screens. Nika Mavrody, The Atlantic, "The Dangers of Reading in Bed," 19 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here, chaotic city life is a distant memory and the deliberate and un-rushed pace is the catalyst for achieving a state of repose. 5. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The cover says it all: a shining black-and-white shot of a handsome man, his face simultaneously genial and serious, his body energetic even in repose. Richard Brookhiser, WSJ, "‘Reagan: An American Journey’ Review: The Arc of an All-American," 27 Sep. 2018 From full-blown goddess lengths to various points of repose, this week's most noteworthy beauty Instagrams were all about paying homage to summer's last lap. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams: Kendall Jenner and the Hadid Sisters Sweep New York Fashion Week (and More!)," 9 Sep. 2018 Members of the public were allowed to pay their respects Friday as Bush lay in repose at St. Martin's. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Barbara Bush to be laid to rest in private funeral Saturday," 21 Apr. 2018 Graham will lie in public repose Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 26 and 27, at his family homestead at the Billy Graham Library, which means traffic issues will engulf Interstate 77 at the Billy Graham Boulevard/Woodlawn exit, as well as Interstate 85. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Should Charlotte brace for all surviving US presidents to be at Billy Graham funeral? | Charlotte Observer," 22 Feb. 2018 Young men awaiting haircuts and makeup were draped across couches in stages of repose. Ben Detrick, New York Times, "Playboi Carti Conquers the Paris Runway," 29 June 2018 Serena is rarely seen in repose without knitting needle in hand. Rena Gross, Billboard, "10 Surprises From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 8 'Women's Work'," 6 June 2018 The slow opening movement, the upbeat and lively second and third movements, and then the sinking into an adagio, a slow repose. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ticketmaster did not immediately reposed to a request for comment. Jacob Taylor /, NBC News, "Ticketmaster data theft part of larger credit card scheme, security firm says," 10 July 2018 Today the vast majority of Wallace’s birds repose at a branch of the Natural History Museum, London, located 30 miles northwest of the city, in Tring. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Great Feather Heist," 21 Mar. 2018 This sacred relic—an official game ball used by the late, lamented American Basketball Association—reposes behind glass at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The ABA Was Short-Lived, but Its Impact on Basketball Is Eternal," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of repose

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repose

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French reposer, from Late Latin repausare, from Latin re- + Late Latin pausare to stop, from Latin pausa pause

Verb (2)

Middle English, to replace, from Latin reponere (perfect indicative reposui)

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More Definitions for repose

repose

noun

English Language Learners Definition of repose

: a state of resting or not being active

repose

verb
re·​pose | \ri-ˈpōz \
reposed; reposing

Kids Definition of repose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to lay or lie at rest I reposed my head on his shoulder. The dog is reposing on the couch.

repose

noun

Kids Definition of repose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a state of resting

2 : freedom from disturbance or excitement : calm … there was a delicious sense of repose and peace in the deep pervading calm and silence of the woods.— Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer

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